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in the pledge. i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. the speaker: the chair will entertain one-minute speeches at a later time today. pursuant to section 5-a of house resolution 5, the chair now recognizes the gentleman from virginia, mr. goodlatte, for the reading of the constitution. mr. goodlatte: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, this morning for only the second time in the history of the house of representatives, we will read allowed the full text of the constitution of the united states. we hope this reading will inspire many more americans to read the constitution. we also hope that this reading will help demonstrate to the american people that the house of representatives is dedicated to the constitution and the system it establishes for limited government and the protection of individual liberty. the text we are reading today reflects the changes to the document made by the 27 amendments to it. those portions superseded by amendment will not be r
america and the caribbean forced millions of people to leave their homes to migrate to the united states. we will play an excerpt of a conversation that i had with juan as well as the film's co- director. i want to encourage you to call in as we go to clips of the film in the interview because the faster you call in, the more of the interview we can play. the number to call, at the bottom of your screen drought the show, 866-359-4334. 866-359-4334. if you would like to get a copy of this remarkable film that is opening all over the country in march, call in right now and pledged $100. "harvested in higher" is yours. if you pledge $100, you can also get the book of juan gonzalez, which the film is booked on. at holiday time, just a few weeks ago, the curators of the smithsonian recommended reading his book, which is required reading in classrooms across the country. it is an amazing book, "harvest of the entire." if you want to get both, what an incredible educational resource. the book and dvd are yours for contribution of $150. think about that as he watched recall in. let us know you a
by coming to the united states. >> eduardo lopez, you have remarkable footage that has never been seen before in this country throughout. in a moment, we're going to el salvador to talk about what drove a lot of the migration here. where did you get it? >> many, many sources. there's a lot of footage that has never been seen, that hasn't been seen in decades. again, this is a testament to the team that created this. our editor, catherine shields, is amazing. and so is our co-director, peter getzels. i have to say about the dominican republic, i'd like to make a point that one of the main reasons we made this film is to be personified by junot diaz, who is contributing as one of our great american writers. his whole life was changed dramatically by our invasion of the dominican republic in 1965 with 23,000 marines. something that most americans know nothing about because all of this history is never taught in our schools and colleges. so for latinos, whose life is turned upside down by our own government actions and latin america that many times we are unaware of, what happens is there
. i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. the vice president: the chair lays before the senate one certificate of appointment to fill an unexpired term and the certificates of election of 33 senators elected for six-year terms beginning on january 3, 2013. all certificates, the chair is advised, are in the form suggested by the senate or contain all the essential requirements of the form suggested by the senate. if there be no objection, the reading of the certificates will be waived and they will be printed in full in the record. if the senators to be sworn will now present themselves at the desk of four as their names are called in alphabetical order, the chair will administer the oath of office. the clerk will read the names of the first group. the clerk: miss baldwin of wisconsin. mr. barrasso of wyoming. mr. brown of ohio. ms. cantwell of washington. the vice president: please raise your right hands. do you solemnly swear that you will suppor
use or if they are dangerous and unusual weapons. that was a dichotomy set up by the united states supreme court. if they are in common use like handguns we have to go to the second step of the analysis. if they are dangerous and unusual weapons like machine gun, the analysis would stop there. assault weapons are pretty commonplace. they become popular and firearms in a gun rights community. there are apparently tens of millions of these firearms out there, arguably they are commonly used, but one argument is while they are common they are not commonly used for the core purpose of the second amendment, self-defense. they are poor self-defense weapons. it is hard to maneuver in the home, and projectiles are propelled of such a rate they are likely to pose dangers and who people as they go through walls, endangering family members or neighbors. if that is right, assault weapons would not be thought to be within the scope of the second amendment, and yet i should admit we talked extensively that there are some reasonable arguments you could make against an assault weapons ban. an assa
created in your image, a unit of god's grace, unprecedented, a repeatable and irreplaceable. we play -- pray for your blessing. with out it we will see only what the eye can see. we will see that we're created in your image, whether brown, black, or white, male or female, first-generation immigrant american or daughter of the american revolution, gay or straight, rich or poor. we pray for your blessing. without it we will only see scarcity in the midst of abundance. with your blessing we will recognize the abundance of the gifts of this good land with which you have and out of this nation. we pray for your blessing. bless all of us. privilege to be a resident of this nation with a. of gratitude in humility that we may be a blessing. we pray that you will shower with your life giving spirit, that will be leaders of this land, especially barack our president and joe our vice-president. fill them with righteousness that they may serve this nation ably and be glad to do your will. endow their hearts with wisdom and forbearance so that peace may prevail with righteousness, and justice wit
ever bless the united states of america. [applause] >> the united states marine band. my country tis of thee sweet land of liberty if thee i sing land where my fathers died lad of the pilgrim's pride from every mountain side let freedom ring ♪ let music sweel the beach and ring from all the trees sweet freedom songs let silence break the sound prolonged ♪ our father guide to thee father of liberty to thee we sing ♪ long may our land be bright with freedom's holy light protect us by the might great god, our king ♪ >> pwow. our next distinguished guest is the appellate issue will share with us where -- poet who will share with us words he has composed for this location. occasion. >> one today. one sun rose on us today kindles over our shores greeting the facves of the great lakes acrossng a simple truth the greatplains rooftops, aking upf under each one a story told by oiur silten gestures my face, your face millions of faces each one yawning to life crescendoing to our day the pencil yellow school buses, for it stands, oranges betting our praise. sobered trucks and heavy with
science positions every year in the united states cannot be filled by available american workforce positions. and i have positions that need to be filled so that our technology industry can continue to thrive. simply put, u.s. based companies have a great need for those trained in the science, technology, engineering and math fields. but at least right now there are not enough americans trained and ready to fill these jobs. we cannot continue to simply hope that american companies do not move operations to countries where they have greater access for individuals trained in these s.t.e.m. fields. we cannot continue to ignore this problem. it's that simple. continued in action -- especially since the american enterprise institute has confirmed 100 foreign-born workers with s.t.e.m. degrees create an average of 262 additional jobs for nativeborn workers. let me tell you, these countries would love to have the american educated ph.d's and other highly educated individuals return and boost their economies. not only from their acquired skills, but also by creating these new jobs as well.
and the government is getting violent. the united states is getting involved. they're threatening to take control of the entire country. the militants' move prompted france to take action over the weekend. they put boots on the ground and went all in, bombing rebel training camps and other targets. so what will the united states do? a pentagon official told me this afternoon that the u.s. will participate in mali, but, and i want to make sure i put quotes around this, it's still deciding what that looks like. when we went to the mali border last summer, i saw first hand how dangerous the situation is. today, we spoke to some of our sources on the ground, including the military commander of the al qaeda's linked group. he told us that the militants are, in his words, excited and would welcome u.s. troops on the ground. he also said the french bombs have killed civilians and that france is signing a death warrant for french people around the world, opening the gates of hell. omar said the militants will fight to the end and this will be a long war, more dangerous than afghanistan or iraq. we also s
believed the supreme court's decision in citizens united was wrong, that we needed to know more disclosure of campaign contributions. yet a small minority of senators were able to prevent the bill from even being debated on the floor of the senate, let alone receiving an up-or-down vote. that's just one example. in the last two congresses, consider just some of the measures blocked by the minority, measures that received majority support on a cloture vote: the dream act, bring jobs home act, small business jobs and tax relief act, paying fair share act of 2012, repeal big oil tax subsidies act, teachers and first responders back-to-work act, american jobs act of 2011, public safety employer-employee cooperation act, paycheck fairness act, creating american jobs and ending offshoring act. now, again -- again, it's not that the bill was filibustered. the right to even debate these bills and vote on them was filibustered. one thing, he go on the bill and they filibuster. no, we couldn't even debate it. even though a majority of senators voted for cloture. not 60 but a majority. so the majorit
,000 unnecessary deaths each year in the united states by using what's called a.e.d.'s, which are automatic external defibrillators. this is now allow -- this has now allowed people to be trained to save lives. this act was very important and i'm glad that it was signed as my bill. the fifth one that i'm very proud of that president bush signed is dealing with asthma conditions. self-administration of medication was prevented in schools because they had no drugs allowed and so many children had asthma and they needed epy pen or -- epi pen or abeauty rol, and if it wasn't available they could go into asthma attack. this bill allowed that-tsh these nurses and people at schools to have this type of treatment. the sixth one is the protection of lawful commerce in arms act. it was signed by president george w. bush october 26, 2005. it basically provided civil liability action, protection for companies who are manufacturing, distributing, or imported firearms or ammunition for damages that caused cities and states was suing the manufacturer. it was nuisance suits and i'm glad president bush sign
, the government of the united states under the constitution is a limited government and the constitution is to protect the people from the government, not for the government to give people rights and powers that the government then, in turn, could take away. on the other hand, the constitution does give broad powers to the federal government but it separates them among branches and between the states and the national government. the framers believed these structures would adequately control the government so as to protect individual liberty. but the american people disagreed. they believed that the constitution gave the federal government so much power that it could be tyrannical and violate individual rights. so as a condition of ratification, they demanded and received assurances that a bill of rights would be added to the constitution. now, each of those rights, including the second amendment dealing with guns, was adopted to yet further limit government power and to protect individual rights. in other words, the people that wrote the constitution in 1787, in the spirit that they beli
of people thought that was in possible. how could we do that? nobody had been in orbit yet in the united states. what kind of rockets are we going to build to be given to do it, and what is the main principle? he was going to build a big spacecraft but we didn't have a rocket to go in. we needed to lift the spacecraft that would do everything. take people up, go to the orbit, land, a comeback and then back into the ocean again. it was a monster. so he needed a rocket for the 1970's. so we had one to carry the injection and the other to carry the big spacecraft until somebody said we met. if we look at what we want to do, which is to get a man on the moon and bring him back, let's look at the settlements of this instead of a spacecraft to do everything. >> 100 years from now -- i'm just throwing a question and i will go back to this -- that you touched on something hundred, 200 years from now or we going to look back at the space program and say how primitive. in the 200 years, where to go from here from new york come to london, how advanced is this thing going to get? >> time will tell o
. >>> all right. the united states marine corps band is now going by the reviewing stand. the president is there with the co comb don't of the u.s. marine corps. now it's the marines. it's the marines turn. so you know what, let's pay homage. let's respect the united states marines. ♪ ♪ that is a beautiful shot. the u.s. marine corps being honored. now the chinese-american community center folk dance troupe from delaware, the home state of the vice president of the united states. we're getting a little different cultural -- this is a little cultural dancing. but who knew they were from delaware, these dancers have performed, by the way, not only here, but the kennedy center, the smithsonian, the wilmington brand opera house, play house theater, national theater. this is an excellent, excellent folk dance troupe. >> as you look close, you can see these people are working really hard as they're approaching. this is the tail end of their parade as they get to the reviewing stand so they're really working hard. >> they haven't had a lot of time to practice. the election ended, then the
of people scattered around the hospital's different departments, as well as the intensive care units who have not been identified yet. it isn't a big number, but the people waiting outside for news are desperate. >> it was the end of the summer holiday season in brazil, the last chance to party for many young people due back at work or school on monday. shasta darlington, cnn, santa maria, brazil. >>> if you can believe it, that was 10 years ago. susan canned otte has been looking back at fires in recent history. >> in 2003, 100 people died at the station nightclub in west warwick, rhode island where the band great white was performing. pyrotechnics ignited material and smoke filled the room. arson was the cause of the happy land fire in new york approximately it killed 87 people. authorities said the bronx club was operating illegally, two years after it was ordered closed because of safety violations. in 1977, fire at the beverly hills supper club in kentucky killed 165 people. it was believed to be an electrical fire went undetected at first. no fire detectors. and the coconut grove i
will ask if the united states of america is, in fact, a safe bet. markets could go haywire. interest rates would spike for anybody who borrows money -- every homeowner with a mortgage, every student with a college loan, every small business owner who wants to grow and hire. it would be a self-inflicted wound on the economy. it would slow down our growth, might tip us into recession, and ironically, would probably increase our deficit. so to even entertain the idea of this happening -- of the united states of america not paying its bills -- is irresponsible. it's absurd. as the speaker said two years ago, it would be -- and i'm quoting speaker boehner now -- "a financial disaster, not only for us, but for the worldwide economy." so we've got to pay our bills. and republicans in congress have two choices here: they can act responsibly, and pay america's bills, or they can act irresponsibly, and put america through another economic crisis. but they will not collect a ransom in exchange for not crashing the american economy. the financial well-being of the american people is not leverage to be
for giving me the privilege of representing that beautiful and diverse city in the congress of the united states. each of us here today is truly a representative. a representative in the truest sense of the word. to represent the highest hopes and aspirations of the american people. on new year's eve, some of you, a large number of members of congress joined hundreds of people at the national archives building where we observed at midnight the 150th anniversary of the signing of the emancipation proclamation. at midnight there was an enactment of harriet tubman ringing the bill, ringing the bill. and as she rang the bell she said, now we are free. it was quite an incredible moment. and it was one that ushered in what president lincoln would call a new birth of freedom. for his era and for generations to come. that transformative moment in our history is a reminder of the best traditions we have as a people. the ability and obligation of each generation of americans to renew the promise of our founders. to carry forth the torch of progress. to reignite the american dream. this is who we ar
in reciting the pledge of allegiance to the flag. i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. the president pro tempore: the majority leader. mr. reid: would the chair announce the business for the day. the president pro tempore: under the previous order the leadership time is reserved. and under the previous order the senate will be in a period of morning business until 1:30 p.m. for debate only, with senators permitted to speak therein for up to ten minutes each. mr. durbin: mr. president? the president pro tempore: the senator from illinois. mr. durbin: after any statement by the majority leader, i'd ask consent to be recognized in morning business. the president pro tempore: without objection. mr. durbin: it is my understanding the majority leader is going to yield the floor to me at this moment. the president pro tempore: the senator from illinois. mr. durbin: mr. president, the state of nevada was admitted to the union in 1864. since 1864 there have
candidate to fulfill the office of secretary of transportation for the united states in lieu of the fact that secretary ray lahood has resigned. i did ask him just before we went on the air, should i start calling him secretary? he said not quite yet. let's go back to jeff in lou. >> charles, thank you very much. let's talk about politics for a little bit here as governor martin o'malley, lou, is widely seen as interested in running for higher office. there aren't that many higher offices once you have been governor of the state. so potentially running for president in four years. >> president of the united states. there was an interesting article today on politico.com that talked about his chances. they said, basically, that he would have a difficult time if secretary of state clinton gets into the race -- >> as would all the other democrats. >> or if vice president biden gets in the race. aside from that they said this is an important speech for him because -- and that he is -- he wants to make sure that the speech goes not only to the people in
or google play. >>> right now two united airlines planes are out of service while inspectors look for damage. they clipped wings. federal aviation administration officials say an arriving plane was pulling into gate c-12 when the wing clipped -- passengers on board flight 951 from brussels got off and were taken to customs. nobody was hurt. the parked plane was empty. >>> we have a developing story in prince george's county. tonight we now know two teens have been arrested for the murder of 16-year-old marcus jones, pictured here. he was a sophomore at friendly high in ft. washington. erika gonzalez joins us live from police headquarters with new information for you. >> reporter: wendy, yes, you said they have two suspects there. teenagers, 17 and 19. they were actively looking for a third suspect in what they are calling a dueling act between two rivalry gangs. now, let's talk about what happened this past weekend. marcus antonio jones, 16 years old, the victim of what police say dueling violence. the two arrested, a 17-year-old and 19-year-old kwante fisher, in jail with no bond. police sa
the second of two seismic shifts in the united states military in just over two years. the first was december of 2010 when president obama signed the repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" law and ending a policy that mandated shame and secrecy as requirements for service. the second happened on thursday when defense secretary leon panetta joined the joint chiefs of staff chairman martin dempsey and made this announcement. >> we must open up service opportunities for women as fully as possible. and therefore today, general dempsey and i are pleased to announce that we are eliminating the direct ground combat exclusion rule for women. and we are moving forward with a plan to eliminate all unnecessary gender-based barriers to service. >> just like that, 200,000 military combat jobs that were once off limits for women are potentially open to any woman who meets the qualifications. more importantly, the official policy for women in the u.s. military has now caught up with what has long been the reality for women in the u.s. military. women already make up 15% of the overall force and 17% of the of
to really take the lead against the terrorists in northern mali. . this is hard. if the united states comes in and does something on her own, nobody can match us in military assets and prowess, but a lot of the challenges we face are not immediately or sustainbly solved by military action alone, therefore, we have to get countries in the region to increase their border security and increase their counterterrorist efforts inside their own boards. we have a lot to do now in west africa. so i think you're right to point out, the united states has to play a role, but it needs to be part of a multi lateral effort in order to have a chance at success. >> thank you, madam secretary. we have discussed many important issues. i remain concerned about whether the accountability review board captured the full picture of what happened, but i think we can agree to work together moving ahead to improve security in a number of different areas. this hearing now stands adjourned. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2013] [captioning performed by national captioning institute] >> secretary of s
to the united states, what our relationship with the middle east was. and that led to the bin ladens, a book intended to be about saudi arabia and how complicated for this generation of oil broomers to come of age in the 70s when the kingdom was awash in wealth and had to all go out and buy identities in the world, and unand one of them became a notorious terrorist do and the others moved to florida. and when i finished with that project i wanted to write about oil and american power in the post-9/11 context, and i started out -- actually the book about exxonmobil began as a book about oil and geopolitics. i wanted to essentially take the prize, the book by dany ergen that had inspired me and update it. i thought of the prize as a great work of nonfiction about the era of oil that was an era of expansion and discovery, and i wanted to write a book about global oil in the era of limits and constraintses and climates and the rest of it. so i started out on that kind of open framework and got -- thought i needed a subject, company. and once i came to that conclusion, then for an american audien
nomination. >> my running mate and the next vice president of the united states, paul ryan. >> mitt romney took his running mate for a test driver in nascar country. >> all i am asking is we go back to the rates under bill clinton, for folks like me. >> i am not going to shut up. it is my turn. >> i accept your nomination for president of the united states. >> you must vote and you must reelect president barack obama. >> thank you. we draw strength from our victories and we learn from our mistakes. >> the pressure was on mitt romney, who needed a turnaround. >> virtually everything he said about my tax plan is inaccurate. >> it is math. it is arithmetic. >> fighting for obamacare instead of jobs. >> barack obama kept his eyes and his energy low. >> i have a question, and the question was, how much will you -- you'll get your chance in a moment. i am still speaking. >> here is what mitt romney was secretly recording -- recorded saying last may. >> they believe they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, you name it. >> voter turnout seemed heavy. conceding his loss, mitt romney c
or in the insurgents do not differentiate is a combat units not a combat unit. >> there has long been critics a loud and women direct contact. the question everything from strength and stamina to whether combining women and men will hurt a units togetherness. >> like any other soldier, if they are fit for combat, they should be ok to be on the ground. >> this sculpture shows women long played roles in war. >> it is time they are allowed and take an equal role in combat. the pentagon may have some roles later this year. integrated in some parts of the military, like the navy seals or army rangers, that could take longer. be -- weears there may you about the report havehe numbers that may of the iphone a little worried. he was at the center of the bowl wardrobe not function. timberlake will be performing again. >> appearance at one local maryland high school said they theirared to send students to class is. >> parents pack the local high- concerned about growing violence. hand tofficials were on fears in fort washington. emotions have been high there of a 16-year-er old marcus jones who was gunned the
in the citizen's united case open the floodgates and our election system is now awash in sea of mill of dollars unregulated money, drowning out the voices of individual citizens. politicians are beholden to wealthy special interest, a multinational oil country can now simply write a big check to americans for apple pie and puppies and watch the negative advertising work their magic. there are a variety of ways to tackle this problem. in the last congress, i introduced the people's rights amendment which will overturn citizen's united and put a stop to person hood nonsense that it represents. despite what governor romney said on the campaign trail, corporations are not people. other members would have other ideas but very least we need to have this debate and i urge my colleague to defeat the previous question. >> the gentleman from texas is recognized. >> thank you very much madam speaker. once again, we've got a lot of political dogma that's taking place here. i was a worker in a corporation for a number of years and i felt like i was a vital part of success not only that company and the thin
or it will have a huge drag on the united states economy. once again, revisit the issue for the first time in american history. it is not a perfect package. it is something that gets us by while we tackle the large issues in the next congress. >> we are confronted with a bill that, if the vote full voting- age allow us to go over the ceiling or we can try to come together and pass something that neither tside of the aisle will agree with 100 percent. -- 100%. we do not have to can to new fighting. we have got to make sure parrot what i fin. maybe we are moving in the right direction and maybe we are moving toward -- forward. >> we expect them back any minute now. we do not know yet exactly what all happened -- what will happen. what we are hearing from several different sources is the rules committee is going to bring it up and it will be a straight up or down vote on the senate bill. the house will come back into session any minute now. off.ight have to cut an let's hear more voices. here are tweets -- let's hear voices on the phone. linda, what do you think? >> i do not think they know h
. together we stand as we the people. i know and hope that our president of the united states, president obama, is hearing our voices this morning being back in the white house for and other four years. i am a military mom. i want to say this to the republicans. please work with our president of the united states. he is the general in chief for all of us. is gettingely on who more. we can ask. we can write letters. we can twitter and all the settings. but we have to come together. he is the one we voted for. as we let's work together the people. that is my answer to the republicans. host: ok, sylvia. on twitter -- look at some other stories in the news. this is from the houston chronicle, which we get courtesy of the newseum. a shooting close as a local campus. that's the houston chronicle. here in washington, general allen was cleared of misconduct. and e-mail found during betray its inquiry -- during the general petraeus's inquiry involved general allen. whether he exchanged inappropriate e-mails with the same quarter socialite's that prompted david petraeus to resign as cia director.
.s. ambassador to the united nations susan rice withdrew her name from consideration. >>> d.c. police need your help to find a man who they say sexually assaulted a woman. a camera captured images of the man. he's wanted for an attack in the 1400 block of florida avenue northwest. this happened january 20, the day before the inauguration around 2:00 in the morning. if you know this man, call d.c. police. and that number is 202-727- 9099. >>> the campaign to fight the flu charges ahead. the prince george's county hospital center is offering a free flu shot clinic today as part of that effort, and the vaccines are available in the pa soilian lob -- pa villain lobby of the facility in landover, maryland. the flu shots will be offered to people over the age of 18 from 2:00 until 7:00 p.m. and maryland is one of more than 40 states still reporting widespread flu cases. >>> there are changes coming to the d.c. taxi fleet. you can be part of the new look. the d.c. taxicab commission uniform color panel has proposed four possible color schemes for the cabs that operate in the city. a hearing is set thi
by the country's top military body on state tv. it comes a day after the united nations imposed new sanctions. north korea is banned from developing missile and nuclear technology until sanctions dating back to 2006. the announcement today did not come with any time frame for the tests. >>> a warning, especially during coal and flu season. we'll explain how the medicine you take to get better could make you more sick. >>> and veronica is tracking the winter weather. she'll tell us when to expect more snow. (woman) 3 days of walking to give a break cancer survivor a lifetime-- that's definitely a fair trade. it was such a beautiful experience. (jessica lee) ♪ and it's beautiful (woman) why walk 60 miles in the boldest breast cancer event in history? because your efforts help komen serve millions of women and men facing breast cancer every year. visit the3day.org to register or to request more information today. it was 3 days of pure joy. ♪ and it's beautiful >>> i'm keith russell. this just into the news4 live desk. the national transportation safety board just wrapped up a news conference
off. do not mess with the credit rating with the united states of america. however, you can race the debt ceiling and cut spending at the same time. on top of that, you kcan fix th $2 trillion situation. that is my take. charlie wrangle from new york and i begin with you. i don't understand why that can't be done. you can get that done. you are one of my buddies, but i object to you using the default. you have enough cash flow and the vast majority. i hate that argument. i know. but it is wrong to call it default. >> why not avoid default all together. because i believe it distorts the rest of the debate the good congressman and i need to have. >> cutti inting spending, i don want to get hung up on default. it is all bad. welcome back, sir, why can't we have our cake and eat it too? why can't we compromise with spending cuts at the same time too? >> we can do it as long as we recognize it is apples and oranges. our obligation has nothing to do with our inability to govern our own spending and taxes. but anytime one tries to hold it, that is when it is wrong. whatever you want to
want to find out what you think about what the president had to say about the future of the united states role in afghanistan. the numbers are on the screen if you want to get involved in the conversation. . we also have a special line for people who have served in afghanistan either as the military, contractors, or work in afghanistan with the ngo's. you can also reach us by social media. @cspanwj, facebook.com/cspan, or send us an email. more from this morning's lead story in "the wall street journal." our first call regarding the future of the u.s. role comes from melinda in columbus, georgia on the line for democrats. caller: yes, but the people want all of our troops that are in harm's way, no matter where they are at in the world to be brought home. we cannot fight the whole world. that is not the purpose of the united states. host: do you see any role for the u.s. and afghanistan in the future? caller: know. -- no. these people are hard-core religion. they are going to do what they want to do. if they wanted some kind of change, the people themselves would have fought just l
oil companies in the united states. they are here because they don't get those kind of benefits in norway or sweden. i get gas royalties out of ohio from a french company. they get 30% they don't even pay tax on. we have to run a country. i think simpson-bowles is the right direction, but i don't think simpson-bowles goes far enough. at one time i thought steve forbes' idea was great, but he wants to keep a certain piece of money that is an entitlement. guest: and makes a very good point that we have got to have the kind of pro-growth tax reform that simplifies the system, broadens the base, lower rates, but that stimulates economic growth and economic development. that means not only getting people back to work but it is the growing economy that creates more revenue, not higher taxes. the growth and the revenues from growth is what we really need to address the deposition and debt. often we don't focus on that enough in the scoring, like the cbo, congressional budget office scoring you see all the time, the revenue from growth is not factored in. in anything we put together a,
on the border and inside the united states before other kinds of reforms can happen? i believe that what the administration has been trying to say for the last two years is we've done that. look at the number of people we deported, something like 400,000 people, which is more than any president ever has in the last, you know, in all of history. the border is looking much better. i've been down, i've looked at it, it's looking better, but there are still problems. the question is, is it ok? that's going to be -- there's going to be competing versions of that no matter what happens. host: here are some of those numbers. on u.s. immigrant deportations, you can see the total so far during the obama administration, 1.5 million. for the entirity of the bush administration, two terms in office, we saw about two million deportations. and then in 2012 alone, nearly -- more than, rather, 400,000 immigrants deported, which is a record high. our next phone call is from mark in new jersey, republican. hi, mark. caller: good morning. i'm also a municipal chair here for the republican committee. i'm al
, was their ability to compromise. the very structure of this institution, the united states congress, the very structure of our institution, which joined the people's house, where we are all privileged to serve, with the united states senate, was known as what? the connecticut compromise, or the great compromise. that is the very basis of our founders. too often we forget that while we should never, we should never compromise our principles, we must always, mr. speaker, we must always be prepared to compromise in the service of our principles. a couple weeks ago, "the economist" described another example of compromise -- this one that justice brandeis described as "one of the laboratories of democracy." the state of georgia. conservative republican governor, are former house colleague, and the liberal mayor of atlanta, are clearly at opposite ends of the political spectrum. yet they have managed to bridge the divide with a commitment to results. mr. speaker, together they have achieved significant gains for the good of georgia. mr. speaker, congress and the white house are perfectly capable of
of the united states will be here in attendance. she will be the one who is introducing the closer tonight, if you will, katy perry, the big headliner. i was backstage and saw usher. you are far east movement, i just talked to nick cannon, the host of this shebang here want to. the point, don lemon, of these big stars, really the stars are the children. this whole thing, very near and dear to the heart of both michelle obama and dr. jill biden is military families, not just honoring men and women in uniform, but honoring the spouses and children. and tonight it's about the kids. i just talked to a mother whose husband is about to deploy for time number five. talked to her, talked to her little-year-o 8-year-old. watch. okay, mj. big concert tonight. who are you most excited to see? >> katy perry. >> reporter: and why is that? >> because i know a lot of her songs. like, "i'm wide awake." >> reporter: and this is your first concert tonight, right? >> yes. >> so mom, it's his first concert for your two kids. >> yes. >> you guys live in alexandra, virginia. your husband is about to deploy for
, will the president of the united states, the official oath of office, in a private ceremony at the white house. peter doocy live in washington with the latest. >> and last night was the big kids inaugural ball at walter e washington convention center just up massachusetts avenue, as for the big stars that were there, usher performed the opening act and then far east movement, the gas of "glee" and katy perry there in red, white and blu lesser-known acts like mindless behavior, and the crowd was about a third the size of a similar event back in 2009. last night. roughly 5,000 people showed up. four years ago, there were 14,000 people, but the crowd was mostly made up of military families and school kids from chicago and the first lady made sure to let everyone in the audience know that just because the war in afghanistan is ending does not mean that the country will stop taking care of servicemen and women and their families. >> as these wars draw to an end, and we draw down our troops, i want you all to know, absolutely, but here is the thing, i want you to know you and your families to know that we
. happening right now, an emotional and very historic day on capitol hill. a brand new united states congress is sworn in and with it a new hope for reaching across the aisle. >>> some of the cases may be knew, but many of the tough issues that have to be tackled certainly haven't changed. so is is there any real chance of getting anything done? >>> and nearly three weeks since the devastating massacre, sandy hook elementary students return to school. we'll go there for a live report. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> an extra ordinary nar day here in washington. the 113th congress takes office ushering in, in a moment, what appeared to be a renewed push for bipartisanship on the heels of what has been an extremely tumultuous week of gridlock. one of the most striking moments of the day is this, a very emotional house speaker john boehner taking the gavel after being voted in by his colleagues to another term. >> put simply, worse than not to be something but to do something. [ applause ] or as like to call it, doing the right thing. it's a big job and it comes with big c
president of the united states tweeted out this picture. this picture. this is the final meeting that we know vice president biden took in washington. part of his big high profile effort to put together proposals for policy reform after the newtown elementary school massacre last month. there is a lot going on in this photo. the vice president is there obviously in shirt-sleeves on the right side of your screen. immediately to his right, wearing glasses there, that of course is secretary of homeland security janet napolitano. the white house just announced today that she will be staying on for a second term. now the department of homeland security is not old enough that there are traditions yet as to how long people stay on once they have the secretary job. but this be the first time that somebody has kept the gig for two terms, if secretary napolitano stays throughout the president's term in office. of course, to become homeland security secretary in the first place, janet napolitano had to step down from her old job, which was being governor of arizona. we just passed the two-year anni
and credit of the united states is not a bargaining chip. they had better choose quickly, because time is running short. the last time republicans in congress even flirted with this idea, r. triple-a credit rating was downgraded for the first time in our mystery, our businesses created the few jobs in any month in nearly the past three years, and the whole fiasco added to the deficit. host: after the news conference yesterday, house speaker john boehner responded with this statement -- " what are your thoughts on this? if the debt ceiling negotiable. some quick comments -- remember, you can post your comments on twitter. the first phone call is from maryland, a democratic caller, jill. caller: i don't believe the debt ceiling is negotiable. it is kind of ridiculous that the money is already owed, so why are we not going to pay what is owed to other people? if people have made investments, the bills have to be paid. i find it ridiculous that people in congress don't want to pay what is already owed. it does not make sense. host: here is the wall street journal this morning. caller: well
the united states lost its top credit rating. what are we doing to get it back? well, today there was some good news on jobs. apparently we had 215,000 jobs added in december, more than economists were looking for. of course, the formal jobs number comes out tomorrow. >>> and now our fourth story "outfront." a potentially major change to gun laws in the united states. a maryland task force on guns and the mentally ill, here it is, it's a pretty interesting report, recommends that police should have the right to con phys case firearms from anyone who is deemed to be, quote, a threat to self or others. tonight, charles sophie and paul callan, who also represents psychiatrists in medical malpractice cases. so reading through this task force series of recommendations, they say, look, the biggest indicator that someone could be a problem to public safety or a threat would be if they make a threat. what this law would do is, it would put in law enforcement's hands the idea of deciding whether you're mentally ill or not. and then making a determination as to wether or not your weapons would be se
and bestselling author of a number of books. just a few months ago, the doctor came to the united states to deliver the address entitled beyond the hungry ghosts in politics, how self awareness within support progress without. it was a fund-raiser for kpffa in berkeley. >> we live in difficult times. we face somebody from the raiders station on sunday, and they pointed out, we live in a time in the united states and in canada where the alternatives are not too attractive, where the out right right wing denies global warming climate change, which puts our -- power into the hands even more of the powerful, depriving those that do not have the little they have, wishes to deny reality in a number of ways, and where, at least from my perspective on the other side, you have better sounding and sometimes sincere rhetoric. when it comes to action, it does not seem to make a whole lot of difference. there is certainly a climate, at least amongst my generation, as far as i can gather, that which came in to political consciousness in the 1960's, a sense of disillusionment, lost opportunities
from a few more. >> here he is -- he was at the time? >> deputy attorney general of the united states. >> it was clear he was not going to carry out that order. he turned to me and said, what are you going to do? i told him -- i do not think it is close. what he is asking and apparently subsequently needed to do was fundamentally wrong. he said, you do not have any choice if you refuse to do it -- that means they will find somebody else to do it. if bork had not done it, anybody in the department could have done it. your responsibility was fairly clear -- i do not think he resigned lightly. you do have an obligation. there are lines over which you cannot cross. you have to -- sometimes you will not do. >> this is really important. i did my best to interview as many surviving players in the saturday night -- your audience may not now what do you here is talking about, but president nixon wanted to fire the special prosecutor archibald cox. he ordered the attorney general of the united states to do it and he would not. the next person in line was ruckleshaus, and he would not do it. ell
of the combat units may be easier to do than the hard work that has been going on for 35 years. i have a couple reasons for saying that. one would be those units rely even more than the normal unit. the noncombat unit, the rear units on teamwork. and they tend to take people in and they are not up to standard and they make sure they do meet the standard and that's really the key to this whole issue as we move forward, is setting standards and i think the military has been looking carefully the last couple years to downsize. we'll have to have some people leave and we have to make sure we keep high standards. if they set the standards right, men and women should be in those units. men and women should be in those jobs. >> as i understand, the military will have until january of 2016 to seek special exceptions. if it believes there are positions that women should not be in. are there any positions, what positions do you think shown reserved for male troops? >> i'm not sure that there are any. some may be more expensive to allow women in. i met women that can do anything men can do, so it's a qu
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